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Saving the planet via email

“If each adult sent one less email a day, Britain could reduce its carbon output by 16,433 tonnes – equal to more than 81,000 flights from London to Madrid.” 

This quote from a World Economic Forum article really took me by surprise. It might have been because I have always thought that emails were free.

But they aren’t free. They cost us time – to create and to send. They cost us emotional energy. And now it turns out they are killing the planet. 

So, I have an idea. The article touched on it. 

I will stop sending “Thank You” emails. Single word “Thanks!” or “:)” or “Word!” emails will now stop. 

This has been a habit of mine. I have been doing it daily for years. But as I think about it, I don’t think anybody cares when they get those. I don’t think it’s the right medium to communicate that I appreciate their effort. 

Maybe I should just pop my head over the cubicle walls and say the words. Maybe I just start appreciating more people in person.

Here’s to one less email per day. 

Here’s to a healthier planet. 

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on December 20, 2019

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